I've been watching quite a bit of Nigel Slater's Dish of the Day recently, it's very soothing - even if the idea of him bursting into my kitchen and making a meal out of whatever's lying around is mildly alarming. One thing I really admire about Mr Slater is his unapologetic obsession with sandwiches; I love a good sandwich as much as the next person, but Nigel Slater bloody loves them. I wish I loved anything as much as Nigel Slater loves slapping a few ingredients between two pieces of bread.
Inspired by this enthusiasm for the humble butty, I set out this week to make the Sandvich from Team Fortress 2 - bread and all. It's been ages since I last made bread, but thankfully it turned out fairly well. You can see how I got on with making the heavy's favourite consumable item in the video below. The recipe is below that, if you fancy giving it a go for yourself.
Team Fortress 2 Sandvich Ingredients
500g strong white flour
2 teaspoons salt
300ml lukewarm water
7g dried fast-action yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
A few slices of german salami
A few slices of ham, bologna or other sandwich meat
A slice of Edam
Two olives, preferably on cocktail sticks
Condiments, if they're your thing
Combine the flour, salt and yeast in a bowl. Make a well in the centre, add the oil and water, then mix to form a dough. Add a little more water if the dough is too stiff.
Knead the dough for at least ten minutes, then place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave to prove for an hour.
Push the air out of the dough, then place it in a 900g loaf tin. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave for half an hour.
Bake the loaf in the oven at 220 degrees C (gas mark 7) for 15 minutes, then lower the temperature to 190 degrees C (gas mark 5) and bake for another half hour.
Allow the loaf to cool, then slice.
Assemble the sandwich. Eat the sandwich.